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Maybe everyone else already knew this, but something in today’s Post makes Kerry’s worldview entirely clear to me: “Kerry’s father, a longtime State Department diplomat. . .” I don’t mean this as simplistic State Department-bashing. The reason I didn’t pursue the Foreign Service as a career was my experience with so many Foreign Service kids while an undergrad at Georgetown — they all seemed to wish they were French, or at least Canadian, because they simply hadn’t grown up as Americans, and I didn’t want that for my own kids. I know I’ll get angry e-mails about this, and it obviously doesn’t describe all the children of Foreign Service officers, but I found that in general America was for them an occasional vacation destination, the place where grandma lived, the Old Country their parents had lived in before they emigrated to post-America. So Kerry looks and acts European because he actually wishes he were European.



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